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Release Date: 05/03/12
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Twelfth Annual Utah Wildfire Academy

Richfield, Utah - The twelfth annual Utah Wildfire Academy will be held May 14-18, 2012 at the Snow College South Campus in Richfield, Utah.  Approximately 100 students are registered for one or more of the nine wildfire-related classes that are being offered during the week.  The courses will train rookie and veteran firefighters from volunteer departments and county, state and federal fire agencies.  The classes range from basic firefighting techniques to incident command management. 
“We are pleased to be celebrating 12 years of wildfire academy success” said Sheldon Wimmer, BLM Utah Fire Management Officer.  “The Utah Wildfire Academy has been instrumental in training thousands of students in various aspects of fire over the last 12 years.  We look forward to another successful academy this year as it is significant in accomplishing goals of both state and federal governments.”  Snow College South in Richfield has become the permanent home of the academy where it has been held 10 years out of 12. 

During the past 12 years, the Utah Wildfire Academy has trained approximately 4,400 students in numerous aspects of fire suppression and management.  Students ranging in ages from 18-70 have come to the academy from nearly every state across the nation.  The academy is set up under the Incident Command System, similar to what the students will experience when working on a real wildfire.

The Utah Wildfire Academy is one of many comprehensive fire academies nationwide and is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the State of Utah, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Park Service and Snow College.

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Last updated: 05-03-2012